Importance of making quality forage highlighted

Velcourt forage training


March saw Velcourt’s dairy management team attend a forage training day held at Wyndhurst farm. 
many topical areas were covered during the training including:


  • Nitrogen management of previously water logged crops
  • Use of Slurries and digestate as fertiliser
  • Optium N levels and timng
  • Chop length and rumen function
  • Feed value
  • Silage analysis
  • Silage sampling techniques and standards
  • Contractor machinery setup
  • Ensiling techniques
  • Maximising forage use
  • Setting targets for quality forage production

The group are due to meet again at the end of April as part of their 12 weekly discussion group where they will review the performance of the company’s dairy farms and discuss any topical issues.  The forum enables livestock director Robbie Taylor to convey new information and industry news as well as a knowledge transfer exercise for the management team.  Typically the day starts with a session on one of the dairy farms reviewing the herd perfromance and development of the business since the group last met.  This is followed by a formal discussion session looking at all aspects of dairy farm management including:

  1. Farm Managers reports (individual unit’s budgets and updated live budget)
  2. Milk Marketing/Milk Contracts and Quota
  3. Bench Marking (Herd Companion, fertility, ppl costings and Milk from forage)    
  4. Nutrition, Feed and group purchasing
  5. Herd Health and Fertility
  6. Business Development
  7. Health & Safety on Livestock Farms

To discuss Velcourt’s dairy management services or our bespoke dairy advisory services and what advantages we can offer your business please contact Livestock Director: Robbie Taylor

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